French region offers dedicated lorry driver course for women to ease driver shortage
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Two organisations have set up a lorry driver course in the French region of Maine-et-Loire that’s exclusively aimed at women. It is hoped the program will alleviate the shortage of drivers in France.
The program has been set up by the RAS employment agency and the ECF training centre; the first lessons started on Wednesday.
The course will train women with a view to achieving the C + E category licences needed to drive trucks in the country. Those who successfully complete their training will either be offered an apprenticeship contract or a 12-month work contract.
According to franceroutes.fr, 98% of lorry drivers in France are men, and employers in the country are showing a real desire to include women in their workforce. This was the primary motivation that prompted the organisation of the course.
Women who want to register for a place on the course can email PDL0111@pôle‐emploi.net.